They’re in some way related to some kinda news service at Tulane, aren’t they? Doesn't everything in some parallel universe connect thru 6 degrees of TU, like "bulletin boards" & theatre people & "dogs" & PERSONAL business & stuff?
Did you try clicking on pups’ pix to link to their personal pgs? Was lg 1 stand-in for Old Duke on Beverly Hillbillies? Unless the pic's too recent, then maybe they're bummed after not being cast as in Annie--totally relevant, see?
The source will know, since surely reprint permission was granted, right?